What does this mean for Geocortex Essentials and the Geocortex Viewer for HTML5?
- Geocortex Essentials (GE) and the Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 (GVH) will continue to operate normally.
- VertiGIS will continue to support GE / GVH through 2028.
- Be ready to upgrade your existing GE/GVH apps to VertiGIS Studio apps by mid-2024 so that you can upgrade when you need to do so.
The API itself is retired as of July 1, 2024.
… but Web AppBuilder will still be using it in ArcGIS Online until Q4 2025.
… and ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9.1 will still be using it until November 2027.
So which date do we use to speak about GE/GVH?
It is unreasonable to ask customers to stop using GE/GVH by July 1, 2024 when Esri is still supporting Web AppBuilder until Q4 2025 in ArcGIS Online and supporting Web AppBuilder in ArcGIS Enterprise until November 2027.
VertiGIS plans to support GE/GVH through at least April 2028 (5 years from the planned maintenance release in April 2023).
It is not clear what Esri would do if a change in the browser ecosystem broke Web AppBuilder apps or an absolutely critical security issue was discovered after the July 1, 2024 retirement date. It is reasonable to assume that Esri would fix it while Web AppBuilder is still part of AGOL through Q4 2025 (though not guaranteed). It is less clear if Esri would fix it in 2026-27 near the end of ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9.1 end of life.
What does this mean for you? Be ready to upgrade your existing GE/GVH apps to VertiGIS Studio apps by mid-2024 so that you can upgrade when you need to do so.
Additionally, some customers operate in environments that do not allow non-supported software. In these cases, your organization may require you to discontinue use of GE/GVH by July 2024.
Meanwhile, we are busy finishing up some of the remaining big features with an eye to having majority functional equivalence by the end of 2023 in VertiGIS Studio Web.
Questions are welcome. We will update this announcement as required to address questions and supply additional information.
Cam Barnard, Product Director VertiGIS Studio